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7 canalside walks in Lancashire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 17 January 2018

Leeds-Liverpool canal, Riley Green by Michael Hoyle

Leeds-Liverpool canal, Riley Green by Michael Hoyle


Celebrate the historic waterways of Lancashire with one of these canalside walks that allow you to enjoy the countryside and witness echoes the the county’s industrial past.

Rufford CanalRufford Canal

Burscough Bridge

Burscough’s canal boom-time came about a century after the link with Liverpool was established. The Rufford Branch is a seven mile spur now used as part of the Ribble Link, connecting the Leeds-Liverpool Canal with the Lancaster Canal via Savick Brook and the River Ribble.

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The Leeds-Liverpool Canal and Rufford MarinaThe Leeds-Liverpool Canal and Rufford Marina

Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

We start out from Mere Sands Wood and along the towpath of the Rufford Branch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, you pass the Town Meadow Swing Bridge, onto Rufford Old Hall and

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Foulridge WharfeFoulridge Wharfe


Setting off from Foulridge Wharf, you follow the Leeds-Liverpool Canal north and end the return leg at Foulridge Lower Reservoir, also known as Lake Burwain.

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The Lancaster Canal near BartonThe Lancaster Canal near Barton


Barton in between Garstang and Preston and this walk runs alongside the Lancaster Canal from the Village Hall to Moons Marina and back north to the village.

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Approaching bridge number 64 on the Leeds Liverpool CanalApproaching bridge number 64 on the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Worthington Lakes and Standish

Worthington Lakes consist of three reservoirs linked together, originally created by damming the River Douglas to provide drinking water for Wigan. This walk briefly joins the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Click here to see the route of the Standish walk


The Greenberfield LockThe Greenberfield Lock

Barnoldswick and Castleber Hill

This walk starts out at the Greenberfield Lock on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and crosses back and forth over the county borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Click here to see the route of the Barnoldswick walk


Admiring the ViewAdmiring the View

Riley Green and Hoghton Tower

Although this walk from Riley Green is mainly tied to the River Darwen, it briefly joins a section of the Leeds-Liverpool canal before taking in the sights of Hoghton.

Click here to see the route of the Hoghton walk



All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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